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Five Spot / Quick hitters on the light side

1. LOUISVILLE SLUGGERED

Reds pitcher Dontrelle Willis (above) sprained an ankle when he fell over a bat while backing up home plate in a spring-training game at the Cubs' spring-training complex in Mesa, Ariz., on Saturday. Medical staff, unsure at first how to list it on the injury report, finally declared it a road trip.

2. NON-TRAVELING CALL

Hawks reserve forward Josh Powell missed Saturday's game against the Trail Blazers because a cop arrested him for refusing repeated orders to move his car out of an intersection and make way for an oncoming ambulance. In other words, he picked when he should have rolled.

3. FIZZLING OUT

Syndicated columnist Norman Chad, not impressed with the stewardship of Knicks owner James Dolan: "If he were to ever stumble upon the formula for Coca-Cola, by the time he was done with it, it would taste like cough syrup."

4. NO SHORTAGE OF GROOMS

First Rachel Alexandra turns up pregnant, then Zenyatta. So when's the bridle shower?

5. PASS ON THIS ONE

Rejected NFL marketing slogan: "We're giving up football for Lent."

-- Dwight Perry, Seattle Times

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